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Jazzology 300


The Non-Classical Nature of America's Classical Music

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"Every civilization is known by its culture, and jazz is America's greatest contribution to the world--it is our “classical" music. Jazz is spontaneous, honest, and natural, and it is a celebration of life itself." --Tony Bennett (Hasse, 1999: Foreword) “The music, consequently, is being misrepresented, distorted, misconstrued, and capitalized upon by others than its authors." --Max Roach (Roach, 1962: 174) In 1987 the Honorable John Conyers, Jr. (14th congressional district of Michigan) introduced H.CON.RES.57 to the ...


An Indictment on the Jazz Establishment

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The recent dismissal of writer Stanley Crouch from Jazz Times because he has already made his “point many times about what jazz is and who can play it," has been the subject of numerous conversations for the past few months. The interestingly-timed and clearly unprofessional canning of Crouch brings into play a serious exposure of a reoccurring and often hidden plague within the world of jazz--the jazz Establishment. As always there are three sides to the story, the ...


A Talk with Dr. Larry Ross

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The history of jazz has been told, re-told, written, re-written, presented and re-presented ad nauseum. An often revisionist chronicle of jazz neglecting certain aspects and exaggerating others has overwhelmed the amassing literature. With African-American Jazz Musicians in the Diaspora, Dr. Larry Ross a trained anthropologist but more importantly a skilled, seasoned, award-winning musician aims to set the record straight. In this timely text, Dr. Ross examines “some of the cultural and microeconomic externalities that contributed to the migration trends of ...

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